3DR Brings New Drone Capabilities to Construction


3D Robotics (3DR) has launched building information modeling (BIM) capabilities within its Site Scan software, a full-stack commercial drone platform suited for the construction industry.

Site Scan, an end-to-end application offering fully autonomous drone image capture and cloud integration with Autodesk, now offers construction industry professionals the ability to use a drone as a BIM tool.

According to 3DR, Site Scan helps prevent rework, offers data that contractors can leverage to write change orders, and provides a positive return on investment – often within days of deployment on a construction site.

Site Scan, now with BIM, digitizes the construction site and provides overlaid design vector files with drone-captured orthomosaics. This enables field managers to prevent costly mistakes and allows collaboration with VC team members who may not be physically on-site, says 3DR.

“3DR Site Scan is a powerful complement to BIM 360, Autodesk’s comprehensive BIM offering,” says Scott Reese, vice president of cloud platforms at Autodesk. “Site Scan overlays high-resolution drone imagery with as-planned site information pulled from our BIM 360 tools – allowing customers to identify potential mistakes, end project delays and ultimately increase profitability.”

Features of Site Scan with BIM processing capabilities include the following:

  • Save and refly mission: Users can do their regular check of an area for obstacles, set up the drone and tap one button to capture all the data they need. Data is then processed in the cloud with another single tap and is then available to team members both in the field and in the office.
  • Design overlays: Though images themselves are helpful, adding the designs and plans as a layer helps a superintendent identify mistakes before they cause issues. Overlays can be printed out and shared in the field, displayed on an iPad at meetings and stored for future record keeping.
  • Ground control points: A prerequisite to overlaying vector data is accurately placed imagery. This has always been possible with Site Scan, but now ground control point data can be entered by users. 3DR says it provides a detailed set-up guide to help incorporate this step into initial survey collection contracts.

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I have 40 years construction experience as Superintendent, PM, Operation Manager, Chief Estimator, Design, and engineering. I started with the DJI Phantom 2, and now have a Phantom 3 Pro, with three years operating experience.
I have direct contacts with 1300 contractors in California, Nevada, and Arizona.
Am looking for a consulting position, interfacing with contractors & drone usage.
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